“It was a huge task for the people in charge,” says Shalini Sharma, Head of Corporate Communications for Atlas Copco in India. The new state-of-the-art compressor factory is located in Chakan, within the city of Pune, southeast of Mumbai. “Before construction could begin, Atlas Copco had to obtain 34 separate government licenses,” she says. “And there were 90 different vendors that had to be coordinated. In all, it took 1.5 million work hours to construct the new plant.”
Since its completion in February 2013, the factory has become something of a showcase.
“This is a model plant,” Sharma says. “Many colleagues from product companies across the world have visited, to learn about the concept it demonstrates.”
The Chakan plant was designed according to lean principles of production optimization. These include:
- Continuous flow of production, from parts reception to finished goods.
- Supermarket layout, allowing customers to walk in and select items as needed.
- Data management throughout the production process.